Newly appointed Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish may have lost his first game at Old Trafford this afternoon, but he has nothing to be too disappointed about.
Although the Reds lost 1-0 to Manchester United, they have a lot to be proud of showing an improved form from the last few weeks.
The only goal of the match came from a controversial penalty given by referee Howard Webb only 35 seconds into the game.
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger put his hands on Manchester’s Dimitar Berbatov. Although there was a moment between the contact and the fall, a penalty was given.
Ryan Giggs took the shot and put it past Pepe Reina’s left to make it 1-0 in the second minute.
In the 32nd minute, the Reds lost their captain to a bad challenge on Michael Carrick.
Gerrard committed a two-footed tackle against the Manchester midfielder, resulting in a red card and immediate send off, bringing the Reds down to ten men.
Kenny Dalglish subbed Raul Meireles and Maxi Rodriguez with Jonjo Shelvey and Ryan Babel 59 minutes in.
Forward Fernando Torres was also subbed in the 76th minute with David Ngog. The subs were more than likely due to Liverpool’s upcoming midweek game against Blackpool and a desire to improve in the league rather than the FA Cup.
Liverpool failed to secure a draw, sending Manchester to play Southampton in the fourth round.
Although they will now be without their captain for the next three games, the Reds will surely put this loss behind them and look ahead to the rest of their season under their new manager.